A growing number of Christians feel their church is doing a lot of things that don’t matter. Even successful programs don’t matter to them. They believe only a move of God can save us now.
They believe we have no time to play games. They are frustrated that church is catering to the lukewarm members. Most of all, they feel that they are being punished for wanting a move of God.
I want to direct myself toward leaders who are guilty of correcting members who yearn for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. You’ve got it totally backwards. Those who are hungry for a move of God are the best thing that ever happened to your church.
If you wounded a hungry saint’s heart, it was a spectacular mistake. They, and not the lukewarm, should be setting the tone for your church.
Somewhere, we got the idea—I believe it came from the pit of hell—that exuberant worship, preaching with unction and conviction, fiery prayer meetings, and deliberate soul winning are the “old ways.”
They are not old ways—they are timeless ways. In fact, they transcend time. They are the chosen weapons.
You never made Satan smile wider than when you punished someone in your congregation for wanting a move of God.
Where did you get the idea that a move of God was a bad thing? Let me guess…you heard it from a Bible College professor who can’t do it, therefore he teaches. Or you got from a church growth expert. You can’t fool me. I have read those manuals. Some even tell you to run the people out who desire an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The best people in the church love this verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” They refer to it often.
They yearn for the miracle that will stop America’s slide toward oblivion—they wish for an act of the Holy Spirit so real and widespread that it impacts, crime, injustice, addiction, and despair.
You may be punishing people God is stirring. You may be trying to put out a flame that God lit in their heart.
I think I know the biggest reason you may be punishing people who seek revival: You doubt it can happen. You doubt it is for today. Listen carefully to me: not only can God do it…the fact that your people are being stirred is a sign that God is trying to start revival fire.
Here’s what forever killed my doubts about revival. Matthew 12: 20 A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory.”
Jesus will not snuff out the least flicker of revival. When anyone asks for revival from a pure heart, God says yes and begins the process. He takes you at your word. As I stood on the beach the gentle foam of the ocean lapped over my toes. The voice of the Lord said, “this gentle wave is the cousin of the tsunami.”
The smallest flame in the smallest church will not be quenched by Jesus. Given the proper opportunity, the Spirit of God will fan it into a raging fire of righteousness. The gentlest wave can grow into a tidal wave before anyone who simply hosts God’s presence, obeys His step by step orders, and refuses to abuse what God is doing among them.
The first step is to stop punishing those wonderful people who are hungry for the Holy Spirit to fall on your church.
Business as usual has proven to be a colossal failure. The massive mega churches in the Golden State—with their tens of millions of dollars—have not made a dent in the greatest moral meltdown in California’s history.
California is just 24 hours away from a law—California Assembly Bill 2943—that can forever change how Christians will be treated in this state. It could also, easily lead to banning Bibles.
Have you seen any organized protest? Do you hear many mega church pastor call for action on the final Sunday before the Senators vote? My guess is not much. I did get wind of a common theme: We don’t need to do anything because the gates of hell would not prevail against us.”
Such arrogance has taken its toll on believers. One lady—influenced by this thinking—said this on our Facebook page: “the Church is awake and powerful in California.” A brother responded, “Then why is California going to hell in a hand basket?”
Which begs a bigger question: why did the gates of hell prevail in so many places…even inside some churches? Look at these verses again to see why:
Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Jesus said: “I will build.” There are two kinds of churches: The one He is building, and the one man is building. Can anyone deny California is overrun by man made religious empires?
Yes, they look right on the outside, and they are Christian, but they are disconnected from the life of Christ. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” -John 15: 5,6
Christ will build something through the preacher who abides in Him. But relying on a fad growth model cuts them off of from the life of God. Cut branches don’t dry up instantly—man made churches can thrive for a season on leadership skills and marketing talent. Human powered religious centers are sustainable until the right crisis arrives.
There is a devastating cost to these manufactured churches—and they anger God. He is angry that they have dulled the Body’s natural ability to sense danger. He is enraged that they kept his sheep from preparing for the moral landslide in California.
It grieves the Holy Spirit that they not only remained silent about wickedness, they actually opposed those who tried to obey God. Heaven is screaming at their guilt! Just when they needed to drive back demonic power, and catalyze moral awakening…they instead, tacitly approved of the wickedness.
The guilty know who they are. They knew it the first time they told a saint they couldn’t raise their hands in worship. They knew it when they began banning gifts of power, living by the clock, and leaving out Bible turths.
Now the Lord is signaling that a storm is coming. To set the record straight and to bring revival, God must expose their false foundations. This breaks my heart. It makes me weep.
Jesus warned about these storms: “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”- Matthew 7: 26,27
Think of it as mercy if God brings your house down. At least your folly is revealed and you can repent before you stand before God.
If God turns you over and allows your charade to go on, that would be the worst. In this case, your empire becomes a trophy of hell. Millions of dollars are nothing to Satan to subsidize a factory of false faith and synthetic Christians. At that point, God will see no difference between you, Hollywood, Godless liberals, or even the porn industry. To Him you’re doing equal damage.
My prayer is that this gets to compromised preachers in time. I know some of them. They know what they are doing is not right…that’s why they suffer greatly. They harbor tremendous guilt, loneliness, and emptiness.
Frances Chan is an example of a man who would not compromise—he pastored a mega church in Simi Valley. Something profound gripped him. To the utter shock of almost everyone, he left all to begin a highly effective discipleship work in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco (an area I know well from ministering on those streets.) God filled his hunger for the life of Jesus to flow through him.
I am not saying every pastor has to leave their church. I am saying that worshiping size, prestige, and celebrity above the moving of the Holy Spirit has been total disaster for California. God has declared an end because there is too much at stake.
Now that Sacramento is out of the closet and is declaring war on His Church…God will not wait for you any longer. This could be a final warning. God is directing these scriptures to lukewarm leaders and lukewarm churches in California:
Revelations 3: 4 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,
‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Amen.
To fully grasp the phrase and the power it unleashes we must first admit that we have entered a season in American life that is the worst that Christians have ever known. There are forces crashing against our spirit that are unheard of by prior generations…
ONE PHRASE CAN CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE REACTION TO THE END TIMES
By Mario Murillo
To fully grasp the phrase and the power it unleashes we must first admit that we have entered a season in American life that is the worst that Christians have ever known. There are forces crashing against our spirit that are unheard of by prior generations.
There are things that are about to hit all Americans and it is a fact that hardly anyone is ready for these things. Here is but a short list of impending crisis:
The persecution of American believers will accelerate: The enemies of the faith have redefined classic moral values to make them look like hatred. Political Correctness has morphed into Enforced Correctness. The church is no longer allowed to disagree and Christians are told by a government and the media that they must comply or face criminal charges.
Extended age and pension pressure means the collapse of welfare: Most will not be able to stop working and spend their old age eking out an existence. This one is a double whammy to many who are retiring right now. Their savings, 401Ks, IRAs and pensions have shrunk while the number of years that they will need to finance has increased. Suddenly, long life feels like a curse!
Health care is going to get much, much worse. The quality is going to get miserable, doctors will refuse to work with insurance companies and costs for medicine and care will skyrocket. This could not be happening at a worse time! New diseases, viruses and emotional traumas will soon overtake society.
Political division guarantees that real solutions to America’s problems will not be found. Don’t look for common sense to come to Washington from either party. They are too divided to act in the best interest of the people.
Unless there is drastic action, we will see the worst decline of the church in our nation’s history. Vast amounts of America were given away by a generation that did not know its Bible or what God has done in our history.
However there is one phrase and one attitude that will not only save your life but give you power that you never imagined. There is one phrase that will make all of the difference in the world to your health physically and mentally. There is one declaration that will pave the way for you to conquer anything that the future holds.
So what is the phrase that if it came roaring out of our spirit would give us the upper hand over all of the insanity of this time? It begins with a very special kind of leverage. Read on:
Archimedes, genius of antiquity discovered the laws of the lever. He once wrote to King Hiero of Syracuse, whose kinsman and friend he was, that this force could be used to move any weight. He said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth!”
King Hiero, who was absolutely astonished by the statement, asked him to prove it. In the harbor was a ship that had proved impossible to launch even by the combined efforts of all the men of Syracuse. Archimedes, who had been examining the properties of levers and pulleys, built a machine that allowed him to single-handedly move the ship from a distance away.
Thousands of years later man still conquers immovable objects with the science of levers and pulleys.
Now apply that principle to the work of the Holy Spirit. He whom Jesus sent has come along side us to apply simple but irresistible force on all of our trials and tribulations. It begins with this phrase that hit me like a lightning bolt:
THE END TIMES ARE NOT HAPPENING TO ME. I AM HAPPENING TO THE END TIMES.
Is this an arrogant boast or worse a delusional boast? Absolutely not. Archimedes could never have imagined the pulleys and levers of divine destiny! He took a stand and you must take a stand. You must take your position in the heavenlies.
You are declaring that you are happening to the end times when you do these things:
1. Become catalytic. A catalyst is any substance that causes or speeds up a chemical reaction without itself being changed or consumed. The hellish events of today cannot change you or consume you.
Now take a look at God. He gives special grace for these last days. Grace is not just favor. It is not just forgiveness. It is the combined power of the resurrection and the righteousness of Jesus Himself.
We hear Daniel 11:32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” We hear that verse quoted quite often but we may be failing to see the real good news in that promise and its direct bearing on what you are going through right now.
Because you know God you are protected from the corruption of this time. Because you know God you will be stronger than these times. Because you know God you will not merely survive these times, you will exploit them.
2. Declare God’s power over your physical health. He will restore your energy, He will oversee your immune system. He will guard your heart so that your resistance to disease will be awesome. Obamacare cannot begin to match the benefits of what Christ offers you now.
Psalm103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Isaiah 40: 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
You do not have to dread long lines at an emergency room when you claim Christ as your doctor and the guardian of your health!
3. Supernatural emotions will remove your fear of bad news, headlines and threats.
It is time for the people who quote, “Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world, to also confess “greater is He who is in me than what is happening in the world.”
Psalm 112:7-8 “He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
God wants to give us supernatural emotions. Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
God wants you to walk in the knowledge of His supernatural protection. John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
The Lord God Almighty wants to be your supernatural provider and protector.
The NSA has been spying on Americans. This has many believers up in arms. Consider this: Satan already knew everything about you: Social Security Number, cell phone, driver’s license, and bank account numbers and your home address and because of Jesus’ prayer the devil is helpless to use it against you. You are protected!
You are here for a big reason. You are not the victim you are the victor. Here is a before and after snapshot for you in these two final verses:
Judges 6:13 “Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? This a man before his transformation and life is happening to him.
Romans 8: 31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” This is Paul asking the church a question about reacting to life when you know that God is for you.
So now I am asking you the question: What shall we say to these terrible, evil, stressful things? We shall say: THE END TIMES ARE NOT HAPPENING TO ME. I AM HAPPENING TO THE END TIMES!